Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership

Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership

What's been happening in 2023

So far we've supported Fairtrade Fortnight in February 2023, celebrated Great Big Green Week at the Newcastle Mini Green Festival in June 2023, been to the Newcastle University Freshers' Freebie Fair in September 2023, and launched the Newcastle Fairtrade Directory at the Lord Mayor's Fairtrade Coffee Morning in October 2023 - see the videos below for more details:

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The Newcastle Fairtrade Directory

And we've created our new Directory of where you can find Fairtrade products, and Fairtrade-supporting organisations (including charities, financial services, and places of worship) across the whole Newcastle upon Tyne area. We update it several times a year. 

The Newcastle upon Tyne Fairtrade Directory

If you'd like your organisation to be added to the directory, we'd love to do that! Contact us with this short form: Fairtrade in Newcastle 

Welcome Freshers!

We welcome all students to Newcastle, congratulations on starting your studies here! Below is a quick introduction to Fairtrade: 

Here's a bit more about Fairtrade for Universities and Colleges: Fairtrade Universities and Colleges

Here's our Directory: Newcastle Fairtrade Directory

And here's where you can find Fairtrade on a budget: Where to find Fairtrade products on a budget

What is Fairtrade?

The Lord Mayor's Business Coffee Morning for Fairtrade Fortnight 2022, with attendees holding Fairtrade Coffee Cups in the Silver Gallery at the Civic Centre.

Supporting Fairtrade in Newcastle means supporting both farmers and workers overseas, and local businesses and organisations here in Newcastle who sell Fairtrade goods. It also helps tackle climate change by supporting producers in areas of the world affected by it to plant trees, protect soils, and diversify their crops, so that they can continue to farm and support their families. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world who produce products like coffee, tea, sugar, cotton, flowers, honey, or fruit. 

Fairtrade offers producers and farmers the Fairtrade Minimum Price, guaranteeing them a minimum price for the goods they sell as Fairtrade, even if the market price is lower. When the market price is higher than the Fairtrade Minimum Price, they will receive the higher market price. They also receive the Fairtrade Premium, which is an additional sum of money that goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they see fit to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day and support organisations across Newcastle. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers and produces a better deal to help them adapt to crises, such as cost of living increases and climate change. That means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

Newcastle is a Fairtrade City

When Newcastle became a Fairtrade City in 2003 we were one of the first cities in the country to achieve this, and we have kept up our status ever since. Here’s some more information about it from when we last renewed our Fairtrade City status in 2020: 

Fairtrade City status is awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, which is the UK member of Fairtrade International (FLO), which is the standard setting and certification organisation for Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Foundation has a wealth of information at

Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership

In Newcastle the group that works to maintain our Fairtrade City status is known as the Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership. Each member is responsible for the delivery of our Fairtrade Action Plan and for encouraging other individuals and organisations to participate in Fairtrade activities. The Partnership consists of organisations across Newcastle who sell or support Fairtrade, including Fairtrade schools and colleges, and places of worship. There is a Steering Group which works to support this, and to ensure we keep our Fairtrade City status. We are always looking for new members from Newcastle community groups and businesses who support Fairtrade. If you’d like to join us, please complete this short form: 

Join the Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership and Directory

If you've got questions, email us at: or find us on Facebook here: Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership on Facebook 
We'll be organising meetings on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, and having discussions online via Teams and email. If you want to get involved, please email us or find us on Facebook! 

Did you know?

Here's a history of Fairtrade in Newcastle and the North East:

Fairtrade in Newcastle upon Tyne

Need more information?

To get involved with Fairtrade in Newcastle, please contact us at:, or visit our Facebook page: Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership

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